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Clarity needed on suspension of Housing Associations - McCann

14 June, 2011 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA and party spokesperson on Housing, Fra McCann, has called for the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, to clarify his statement that further suspensions from development have taken place amongst Housing Associations.

Mr McCann stated,

“I am calling on the Minister to clarify his remarks to the state of the Housing Associations following the suspension of seven Associations from continuing to provide new homes

“Helm Housing was suspended several months ago from building new social homes, but no reason has been given as to why this suspension has occurred nor have we been told what is happening to the developments which were in the process of being built or those proposed to start in the near future.

“Any delay in these developments will add to the serious problem which exists in the supply of social housing.

“We are also concerned that confusion reigns in many quarters on the future of the Housing Association movement and this also needs to be clarified as a matter of urgency to deal with the serious morale problem which exists within housing sector.

"I am calling on the Minister to make a statement how he intends to deal with the current situation and what plans he has to meet the current demand for new homes.”

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